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SEC Headlines 4/10/2014

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1. Are Columbia police having difficulty getting cooperation from a victim or witness in a case potentially involving Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham? Update: Investigation complete – no arrests will be made. Update II: Victim and roommate feared retaliation.  Girlfriend text:  ”The coaches talked to me and explained to (me) how serious this is and there’s no time to waste at this point.”

2. Certain people who show up for Mississippi State’s spring game may get dinner with coach Dan Mullen.

3. Is Alabama running back Derrick Henry poised for a breakout season? “During the Oklahoma game, I could tell that they didn’t want to tackle me.”

4. Alabama coach Nick Saban on his quarterbacks: “Cooper Bateman and Blake Sims have both done a nice job this spring and are improving very nicely.”

5. Position battle to watch at Georgia’s spring game?  Left guard.

6. Florida wide receiver Chris Thompson had only two catches last season but has been a standout performer this spring.

7. More debate over Vanderbilt’s decision to move its game against Ole Miss to LP Field.

8. More than 1.2 million fans watched Auburn play football in 2013 - more than any other team in the country.

9. South Carolina defensive tackle J.T. Surratt: “I wasn’t too boisterous last year, but this year I gotta step up into that roll and say more things now.”

10. Arkansas names Southeastern Louisiana associate head coach E.K. Franks as the program’s recruiting director.

11. With its entire starting group gone, plenty of opportunities along Tennessee’s offensive line.

12. Tennessee will have a flag football game for former Vols at halftime of the spring game.

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13. Zach Mettenberger on his performance at LSU’s Pro Day: ”I’ve been saying for a couple of weeks now that I’m healthy, and good enough to go, and I don’t think all of y’all believed me. ”

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14. The mother of Kentucky star Julius Randle denies an ESPN report that her son has decided to declare for the NBA draft.

15. Kentucky coach John Calipari on the NCAA: “The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in its last years.”

16. Florida forward Chris Walker says he’s returning for sophomore year.

17. Ole Miss guard Derrick Millinghaus is planning to transfer.

18. Former Texas Tech guard Dusty Hannahs is transferring to Arkansas.

19. Former Missouri player Earnest Ross filed a restraining order against teammate Zach Price a before Price was arrested twice for assault.

20. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has one more spot to fill on his staff.  Interviewed 12 candidates during the Final Four.

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21. How much did Bear Bryant make when he coached Texas A&M?  $15,000 plus 1% of the gate.

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22. This is how you become a college football bag man.

23. Big Ten opening an office in New York City.

24. David Letterman’s replacement is Stephen Colbert.

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SEC Headlines 2/10/2014

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1. Former Missouri standout defensive end Michael Sam announced he’s gay. He came out to his Missouri teammates before the 2013 season.

2. How will Sam’s announcement affect his NFL draft stock? Eight league executives and coaches weighed in.

3. Update on the arrested Tennessee players: Senior LB A.J. Johnson “provided alcohol and marijuana to numerous underage individuals,” per police.

4. Auburn will attempt to restock its offensive line in the next recruiting cycle.

5. Robb Smith has been hired to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator.

6. Dwight Collins provides an SEC football pre-spring perspective.

7. Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley gathered friends to film a video homage to “Star Wars.”

8. How much did James Franklin’s departure hurt Vanderbilt’s recruiting in the 2014 class?

9. Who will be the SEC’s top quarterback entering the 2014 season? Barrett Sallee takes a stab at it.

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10. LSU guard Malik Morgan is lost for the season with a torn knee tendon.

11. It’s hard to predict if LSU will be able to turn the corner this season.

12. Don’t bring up the idea of Florida going 18-0 in the SEC, writes Pat Dooley.

13. This NCAA tournament projection at USA Today has only three SEC teams being selected.

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14. Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will serve a three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan Saturday night.

15. This story by Eric Prisbell will help people learn more about Smart’s history.

16. Metta World Peace said he believes Smart can learn from the mistake he made on Saturday.

17. Florida and Kentucky remain the only SEC teams in the CBS Sports top 25 (and one).

18. No. 1 Syracuse improved its record to 23-0 with a 57-44 win over Clemson.

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SEC Headlines 12/6/2013

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1. Auburn A.D. Jay Jacobs again presses the case for a one-loss SEC team in BCS title game: “I just think whoever wins the game Saturday belongs in Pasadena. If Missouri knocks off No. 3 and they’re No. 5, look at their strength of schedule.”

2. This is Auburn’s second trip to SEC Championship Game in four years.  ”That’s one more than Alabama and one more than LSU…”

3. In the year of the quarterback in the SEC, an unlikely pair makes it to Atlanta.Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall completed 63.2% of his passes in the month of November.

4. If you want to make Gus Malzhan bristle, call his offense “The Spread.”

5. Malzahn on Missouri’s receivers: “They’re playmakers. They definitely present challenges.”

6. Bryan Burwell on the changes at Missouri:  ”If they remained in the Big 12, Mizzou’s offense would still be heavy on finesse and light on muscle.”

7. If you’re looking for a player that symbolizes Mizzou’s comeback this year, hard to find a better representative that running back Henry Josey.

8. Former Missouri player Lorenzo Williams on the difference between this year’s team and the one that won the Big 12 North in 2007.  ”They’re a much better team than we were.”

9. Missouri will make its 2013 CBS debut Saturday.  First time in 13 seasons that network didn’t televise a team that made it to championship game.

10. You know it when you hear it.  The CBS theme song for college football (never named) has opened every college football broadcast on the network since 1987.

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11. Would Texas A&M co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital be the answer for Florida’s offensive woes?

12. LSU Freshman tailback/defensive back Jeryl Brazil has been kicked out of the LSU football program.

13. Cotton or Outback Bowl likely for LSU but Gator Bowl also a possibility.

14. Does Georgia’s Aaron Murray deserve Heisman consideration? (One site now projects Florida State QB Jameis Winston in a landslide).

15. Out with an ACL injury and his college career over, Murray will travel to Georgia’s bowl game – but on his own accord.

16. Former Georgia running back Tim Worley on Todd Gurley: “I put him right there with Herschel. Not quite as fast, but I put him right there with Herschel Walker.”

17. Here are 15 projected first-round NFL draft picks from the SEC.  

18. Happy 21st birthday, Johnny Manziel.

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19. Confirmed - Vanderbilt’s Josh Henderson has torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. Our roundup of Thursday night SEC Hoops.

20. With Kentucky playing Baylor tonight at AT&T Stadium tonight, Julius Randle gets to play in front of family and friends.

21. Freshman Bobby Portis has emerged as a key weapon for Arkansas.

22. Florida plays Kansas Tuesday – neither Scottie Wilbekin nor Kasey Hill have been ruled out.

23. Tennessee averaging just 9.9 turnovers a game this year.

24. West Virginia was a good test for Missouri – UCLA on Saturday will be a better one.

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SEC Headlines 7/1/2013

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1. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins believes the Tigers should “beat the mess out of” Georgia this year. (Watkins added a little clarity via twitter to his quotes)

2. Charles Barkley is a big Nick Saban fan – “I respect greatness” – but he’s also excited about Gus Malzahn at Auburn.

3. Another football scooter issue at Florida: A walk-on punter has been charged with DUI.

4. Andrew Gribble looks at Colorado State, Alabama’s opening opponent.

5. Here’s an early look at Auburn’s schedule. It could set up favorably for the Tigers.

6. LSU’s athletic budget will rise. Its ticket prices will be going up, too.

7. Linebacker D.T. Shackelford is the No. 33 most important player for Ole Miss.

8. John Clay looks at the history of the offensive coordinator position at Kentucky.

9. Here are some quotes from Kentucky football hall of famers.

10. Center Cody Waldrop will be an important player for South Carolina.

11. An old-time Tennessee football player wants to see more toughness from today’s players.

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12. Louisville transfer Zach Price has signed with Missouri.

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13. Pat Forde has this primer to catch everyone up on the latest with college realignment.

14. George Schroeder on realignment: “Change has come and keeps coming.”

15. Former Missouri football player T.J. Leon has climbed the ranks in Missouri’s athletic department.

16. Former teammates at Florida are stunned to hear of Aaron Hernandez’s murder charge.

17. Former Florida receiver Deonte Thompson is receiving good reviews with the Baltimore Ravens.

18. A teenager has been arrested in the vandalism case of Clemson’s Howard Rock.

19. NBA free agency has begun. Dwight Howard is the league’s most coveted free agent.

20. Yahoo! Sports has this free agency tracker to follow for the movement.

21. Matt Kenseth won another Sprint Cup race this weekend. He’s having a strong year.

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SEC Headlines 6/29/2013

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1. Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison gets deferred prosecution for punching a bouncer outside a Gainesville bar.  Record will be clean if he fulfills the terms of the agreement in six months. Altercation originated over a cover charge.

2. What’s it like to be the quarterback at Florida? ”It is a life lived, and a game played, under a microscope.”

3. Pat Dooley on Urban Meyer and Jeremy Hernandez: “Meyer played the role of the surrogate father.” MrSEC’s view: ”Can we officially defrock Coach Urban the Pious at this point?”

4. What Tennessee faces next year. “UT faces coaches with a combined 498-180-3 record and five national championships – and that’s just in the first half of its SEC schedule.”

5. More weeknight games coming to the SEC?  “It’s certainly something that we would look at.”

6. Two SEC title contenders not named Alabama? How about Georgia and South Carolina.

7. A focus for the South Carolina offense? Pass protection.  Gamecocks ranked 110th of 124 teams nationally with 38 sacks allowed last season.

8. One take on the Texas A&M offense: “I don’t think (former offensive coordinato Kliff) Kingsbury will be missed this fall because this is still Kevin Sumlin’s team and offense.”

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9. When it comes to improving SEC basketball, how much of an impact will strength of schedule have?

10. Speaking of the schedule, Tennessee adds a a home-and-home series with North Carolina State.

11. A critique of former Arkansas guard B.J. Young:  ”In two years he went backward in most every phase except his overall strength and muscle…”

12. The Detroit Pistons were impressed with the work ethic of former Georgia player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.  “He brought it every night.”

13. Former Florida Gator Erik Murphy’s reaction to being drafted by the Chicago Bulls: “It’s a dream come true.”

14. Former Missouri guard Phil Pressey will audition for the Boston Celtics during the NBA Summer League in Orlando. Laurence Bowers will play for the Memphis Grizzlies summer-league team.

15. Kentucky had two players selected in the first round of this year’s draft.  But 2014 could be John Calipari’s best draft night yet.

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16. The Canadian pipeline to American college football has been around for some time. “Steve Spurrier recruited quarterback Jesse Palmer to Florida from Nepean, Ontario.”

17. Police arrest an 18-year old in connection with the Howard’s Rock incident at Clemson – thought to be a Clemson fan.

18. Five SEC baseball stadiums rated in the top 10 in the country – Mississippi State No. 1,  South Carolina No. 2, Arkansas No. 3, LSU No. 7, Vanderbilt No. 9.

19. Tennessee’s billionaire Haslam family selling their ownership of a minor league baseball team.

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